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Military Dog Receives Prestigious Medal For Bravery, Eats It Instead

Military Dog Receives Prestigious Medal For Bravery, Eats It Instead

The pooch, a Belgian Malinois, was dubbed a "guardian angel" by United Kingdom troops after he helped protect a Special Boat Service squad during an assault on an enemy stronghold in 2012.

The eight-year-old dog was instrumental is assisting troops to clear militants from a Kabul tower block despite suffering serious shrapnel injuries.

Dogs. Man's best friend.

He said that Mali saved the lives of British and Afghan troops as they fought up floor by floor of the building.

Yep, you heard, and now one courageous doggo is being given the highest honour a dog can receive for his work in the line of duty.

Jan McLoughlin, director general of the veterinary charity PDSA, explained why Mali received the prestigious award, which is seen as the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

The fearless pup was hit by three grenade blasts during his mission, but despite his injuries, continued to gallantly detect explosives to lead the team along the safest route possible.

Mali's handler during the raid, who can not be identified for security reasons, was also awarded a gallantry medal.

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"Stories like Mali's are sobering to read and help to demonstrate the key role that animals continue to play in our armed forces". The way he conducted himself when it mattered most enabled my colleagues to achieve success in close combat, ' Cpl Hatley added.

He navigated through direct fire to search for explosives, warning his comrades when there were any nearby.

To achieve this while exposed to close combat and such intense enemy attack makes him an incredibly worthy recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal.

Despite being hit by grenade blasts, which left him with injuries to his chest, leg, ear and mouth, he carried on.

He now works for the Royal Army Vetinary Corps.

Mali will now be recognised for his service with the highest award any animal can receive while serving in the military.

"Mali's PDSA Dickin Medal is extremely well deserved", said Lt Col Abby DuBaree, of the RAVC. A dog, Bob, had been honoured earlier that year, giving an indication of the stranglehold that canines would soon take on the award - since it was revived in 2000, the only non-dogs to win were two horses from 17 honours.


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